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San Francisco Theater & Best of Broadway

Calendar of San Francisco Shows for 2016 & 2017

San Francisco theater has hundreds of shows every year. With more than a dozen theaters in SF, you will find a wide variety of shows from dramas to comedies.

You can choose to see a performance at one of the larger theaters such as the Orpheum with popular shows such as Hedwig & the Angry Itch, Finding Neverland, and The Lion King. You can also catch a show in a smaller, more intimate theater, such as the SF Playhouse in Union Square.

Top Broadway Shows

Curious Incident of the Dog
Beauty & the Beast
Cabaret Curious Incident of the
Dog in the Night-Time
Disney's Beauty
& the Beast
Finding Neverland
Hedwig & the Angry Itch
Lion King Musical
Hedwig & the
Angry Itch
Lion King

Event Calendars by Month

Are you looking for additional events during your stay in San Francisco? Click the links below for the full event calendars for each month.

Event Calendars
January February March
April May June
July August September
October November December

Top Performances: Details


Cinderella Dates: May 3 - 8

Location: Orpheum Theater

All Tickets: On sale now for all dates

Discounted Tickets: Find a limited number of tickets at up to 50% off on Goldstar

This Tony Award-winning Broadway musical is a delightful new twist on a classic tale. See your favorite Rodgers and Hammerstein songs come to life with a superb orchestra and spectacular scenes.

Kinky Boots

Kinky Boots Dates: May 11 - 22

Location: Golden Gate Theater

All Tickets: On sale now for all dates

Discounted Tickets: Find a limited number of dates and tickets on sale at up to 50% off on Goldstar

Based on a true story, this Tony Award-winning musical has inspired many sold-out crowds with its enchanting story of friendship between a struggling shoe factory owner and Lola, a fabulous entertainer seeking a good pair of stilettos.


CaberetDates: June 21 - July 17

Location: Golden Gate Theater

Tickets: On sale

Cabaret is set in pre-WWII Germany. With so many troubles outside, many people come to the infamous Kit Kat Klub to forget about their daily lives.

Will the draw of the racy, trouble free nightlife be enough to get everyone through such tough times in real life?

Carol Burnett: An Evening of Laughter and Reflection

Carol BurnettDates: June 3 & 4

Location: Orpheum Theater

Tickets: On sale now for both nights

Carol Burnett, Emmy Award-winning actress and best-selling author, will be live on stage at the Orpheum Theater for two evenings of taking questions from the audience.

She is beloved for her graciousness, integrity, warmth, and humor, and these two performances will surely take fans back to the legendary openings of The Carol Burnett Show, in which she openly engaged with her studio audience.

Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Beauty & the BeastDates: June 29 - July 10

Location: Orpheum Theater

Tickets: On sale for all nights

The classic Disney animated film Beauty and the Beast has become a smash hit Broadway musical, bringing this childhood favorite story, its characters, and its songs, to life! Just wait until you see the dazzling production of "Be Our Guest."

The sets and costumes are incredible and bring a whole new sensation to this fairytale.


BeautifulDates: August 9 - September 18

Location: Orpheum Theater

Tickets: On sale

The Carole King Musical, Beautiful, returns to San Francisco in August and September 2016. It follows the story of King's inspirational rise to stardom.

It starts from her life as being a part of a song writing team to becoming one of the most successful solo acts of her time.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Hedwig & the Angry ItchDates: October 4 - 30

Location: Orpheum Theater

Tickets: On sale

In this Tony Award-winning musical, Hedwig, the lead singer of a rock-n-roll band, reveals her story as a transgender woman in America who was born male in East Berlin and whose botched operation left her with an "angry inch."

This cathartic journey of self-realization is both funny and heartbreaking.

The Lion King

The Lion King SFDates: November 2 - December 31

Location: Orpheum Theater

Tickets: On sale for all dates

The awe-inspiring Broadway musical of Disney's The Lion King is back in San Francisco! You will be amazed at how the giraffes, birds, gazelles, lions, and the whole Serengeti come to life on stage. It's no wonder this show has a Tony Award-winning director, choreographer, and composers, and has become known as "the World's #1 Musical." This is one performance not to be missed!

The King and I

King and IDates: November 15 - December 11

Location: Golden Gate Theater

Tickets: On sale soon

The revival of this classic musical, one of Rodgers & Hammerstein's finest works, has been claimed to be one of the best productions ever. Set in 1860s Bangkok, it tells the story of the unconventional relationship between Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher, and the King of Siam, who has brought Anna there to teach his many wives and children. You will love these renditions of the classic songs "Getting to Know You," "Shall We Dance," and more.

Irving Berlin's White Christmas

White ChristmasDates: December 14 - 24

Location: Golden Gate Theater

Tickets: On sale soon

This uplifting holiday musical is a real Christmas treat! The story is of a song-and-dance team that puts on a show in a magical Vermont inn with a stunning sister act.

Be delighted by a timeless tale of goodwill and joy, full of great Irving Berlin songs, dancing, and laughter.

Finding Neverland

Finding NeverlandDates: January 18 - February 12

Location: Orpheum Theater

Tickets: On sale soon

Audiences are loving this new Broadway hit based on the Academy Award-winning film Finding Neverland. It tells the heartwarming story of a playwright who, struggling for inspiration, suddenly meets four young boys and their beautiful widowed mother. He becomes captivated by the boys' enchanting make-believe adventures and takes a monumental leap of faith into the world of childhood wonder.

Into the Woods

Into the WoodsDates: March 7 - April 2

Location: Golden Gate Theater

Tickets: On sale soon

This Tony Award-winning musical classic has been reinvented into a wild and witty, one-of-a-kind production of Into the Woods.

The wolf, the witch, and the giant in the sky all boast incredible stage presence as they bring to life dazzling songs like "Children Will Listen" and "No One Is Alone."


HamiltonDates: March 2017

Location: Orpheum Theater

In March, SHN Theater will welcome the acclaimed Broadway musical Hamilton as the anchor of their 2016-2017 season.

See the remarkable story of Alexander Hamilton—political great, sex scandal, war hero, and all—as you've never seen or heard it before.


Roman Holiday

Roman HolidayDates: May 24 - June 18

Location: Golden Gate Theater

Tickets: On sale soon

Don't miss the pre-Broadway premier of this musical based on the Academy Award-winning film and featuring classic Cole Porter songs. Fall in love with the story of a young princess yearning to escape her fancy diplomatic life and an American reporter who suddenly turns from covering the royal family to covering up the girl's escape. Follow their 24-hour adventure and discover with them the magic of Rome and the promise of love.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Curious IncidentDates: June 27 - July 23, 2017

Location: Orpheum Theater

Tickets: On sale soon

One of the most anticipated arrivals to SF theater this year, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, based on the best-selling novel, has won five Tonys, including Best Play. In this one-of-a-kind production, you get to watch the mystery of a neighbor's murdered dog unfold, told from the perspective of an autistic boy.

Other San Francisco Theater Productions

Red Velvet

red velvetDates: May 10 - June 25

Location: SF Playhouse

Buy Tickets: On sale

It's London in 1833 and no black man has ever taken the stage in a production. This is until now. It's the story of Ida, a young black American. In his journey to break the color barrier, he also has to fight the local ideals and socialites to change the course of theater history.

The Last Five Years

last five yars Dates: May 11 - June 5

Location: A.C.T.'s Geary Theater

All Tickets: On Sale Now

Discounted Tickets: Find tickets at up to 50% off for select dates and times

This musical comedy about finding "the one" takes place in New York City, where Cathy, a struggling artist, and Jamie, a rising novelist, put their love to the test against the collision of professional and personal passions.

Chester Bailey

chester baily Dates: May 25 - June 12

Location: A.C.T.'s Strand Theater

Buy Tickets: On sale

This play tells the story of two men, a catastrophically injured young man and his doctor, whose lives intersect at the end of World War II in a world of love, loss, and imagination. Starring Academy Award nominee David Strathairn, this piece is returning to A.C.T.' Strand Theater for a special subscriber-only three-week engagement.

City of Angels

city of angelsDates: July 5 - September 17

Location: SF Playhouse

Tickets: On sale

This fun musical comedy offers two plots and two unique scores. It's Hollywood in the 1940s. A time when Film Noir is popular and a writer is getting his latest film produced. He becomes frustrated as his leading characters talk back to him and his femme fatales won't stay on the screen!

Ongoing Theater Performances

Beach Blanket Babylon

beach blanketAll shows are 21+ unless noted.

Learn More: Beach Blanket FAQs and Ticketing Details

Buy Tickets: Buy Your Tickets Today on Viator

Join the cast of Beach Blanket Babylon for a crazy and zany evening of song, dance and pop culture comedy. Every night in North Beach, you get the chance to catch a performance of this long running musical comedy.

Foodies, The Musical

foodies theaterDates: Most Friday and Saturday nights

Location: The Shelton Theater at 533 Sutter Street

Tickets: On sale for up to 50% off on Goldstar

This funny musical is the perfect night out for anyone that loves food! Laugh along to the mix of songs and sketches about eating habits, trendy restaurants, food trucks and more.

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